Launch of ‘Graffiti is a Crime, Think Don’t Tag’ Campaign

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr will officially launch Dublin City Council's 'Graffiti is a Crime, Think Don’t Tag' campaign in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, on Thursday, 2nd March 2017 at 10.30 A.M.    

Dublin City Council in partnership with An Garda Síochána has teamed up with Cork Animator Andrew James to produce a coloured animated video and poster campaign to raise awareness among children about tagging and graffiti and how this criminal activity can have serious consequences for them in the future.
It is hoped that this new animated video which features 'Buddy' will appeal to younger people and encourage them to make better choices when they are older and respect other people's property.

Last year approximately €1 Million was spent removing graffiti in Dublin city.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said “Dublin is a vibrant city, but regrettably graffiti is prevalent in many of our public spaces. I hope that this new campaign will encourage young people to take pride in their city and respect other people’s property.”

Inspector Liam Geraghty from An Garda Síochána said “Graffiti is a crime; don’t damage your future by damaging someone else’s property. If you are caught or identified damaging property or found in possession of anything with intent to damage property you can be arrested and if convicted in the District Court imprisoned or fined up to €2,500. It’s your city, respect your environment.” 

An Garda Síochána’s Community Relations Bureau will forward a proposal to the Department of Education and Skills for the inclusion of the “Graffiti is a Crime, Think Don’t Tag” video in the Garda Primary Schools Programme.
Photos from the launch will be syndicated to picture desks by Fennell Photography.
Notes to the Editor:
The new ‘Graffiti is a Crime, Think Don’t Tag’ Campaign “was initially proposed by the South East Area Joint Policing Subcommittee.  Graffiti is a very visible problem in the city and it is important for both business and visitors that there is a strategy in place to deal with the problem. It can also be very upsetting for residents whose private property has been daubed repeatedly with offensive slogans.  Dublin City Council engages a contactor to remove graffiti as well as having a dedicated crew within the Waste Management Division to remove offending material.

The City Council removes graffiti from its own property including on bridges, playground equipment in parks, and on street furniture.  We also remove offensive graffiti from private property. The Council works closely with business organisations and individual traders in relation to graffiti. In the case of residents and community associations, the Council supplies them with graffiti wipes and other materials to deal with graffiti.

It is estimated that the cost of removing graffiti in Dublin alone is in excess of €1 million and some of this money could be better spent on parks, libraries and other essential services.

Graffiti is expensive to remove particularly on protected structures where great care has to be taken not to damage stonework during removal.

Complaints in relation to graffiti are dealt with by Dublin City Council’s Customer Services Centre and referred to the appropriate area for removal. In 2016, there were 942 graffiti removal requests received by the Council.  If the graffiti is offensive it is given priority for removal generally within 24 hours.